Oscar Wilde Quotes & Wallpapers

Oscar Wilde
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Freedom, individualism and being yourself so long as you don't hurt another's physical person or property: The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely himself. Oscar Wilde

The history of women is the history of the worst form of tyranny the world has ever known. The tyranny of the weak over the strong. It is the only tyranny that lasts. Oscar Wilde

It is a very dangerous thing to know one's friends. Oscar Wilde

It is a much cleverer thing to talk nonsense than to listen to it. Oscar Wilde

Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. Oscar Wilde

Well, I know, of course, how important it is not to keep a business engagement, if one wants to retain any sense of the beauty of life. Oscar Wilde

The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless. Oscar Wilde

The only thing I cannot resist is temptation. Oscar Wilde

What do you call a bad man? The sort of man who admires innocence. Oscar Wilde

I made your sorrow mine also, that you might have help in bearing it. Oscar Wilde

Love is fed by the imagination, by which we become wiser than we know, better than we feel, nobler than we are: by which we can see life as a whole, by which and by which alone we can understand others in their real and their ideal relation. Only what is fine, and finely conceived can feed love. But anything will feed hate. Oscar Wilde

Life is too short to be in a hurry. Oscar Wilde

That very concentration of vision and intensity of purpose which is the characteristic of the artistic temperament is in itself a mode of limitation. To those who are preoccupied with the beauty of form nothing else seems of much importance. Oscar Wilde

It is a very dangerous thing to know one's friends. Oscar Wilde

Nothing worth learning can ever be taught Oscar Wilde

A true artist takes no notice whatever of the public. The public to him are non-existent. Oscar Wilde

Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement. Nothing spoils romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman. When one is in love one always begins by deceiving oneself, and one always ends by deceiving others. This is what the world calls a romance. Oscar Wilde

The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy. Oscar Wilde

George Moore leads his readers to the latrine and locks them in. Oscar Wilde

Greek dress was in its essence inartistic. Nothing should reveal the body but the body. Oscar Wilde

An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them. We live in an age when men treat art as if it were meant to be a form of autobiography. We have lost the abstract sense of beauty. Oscar Wilde

And, after all, what is a fashion? From the artistic point of view, it is usually a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. Oscar Wilde

If Nature had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented architecture...In a house, we all feel of the proper proportions. Everything is subordinated to us, fashioned for our use and our pleasure. Oscar Wilde

Gerald: I suppose society is wonderfully delightful? Lord Illingworth: To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it simply a tragedy. Oscar Wilde

I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy. Oscar Wilde

Even you are not rich enough, Sir Robert, to buy back your past. No man is. Oscar Wilde

Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion. Oscar Wilde

When a voice behind me whispered low, That fellow's got to swing. Oscar Wilde

I know not whether Laws be right, Or whether Laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol Is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, A year whose days are long. Oscar Wilde

The vilest deeds like poison weeds Bloom well in prison air; It is only what is good in man That wastes and withers there; Pale Anguish keeps the heavy gate And the Warder is Despair. Oscar Wilde

The recognition of private property has really harmed Individualism, and obscured it, by confusing a man with what he possesses. It has led Individualism entirely astray. It has made gain, not growth its aim. So that man thought that the important thing is to have, and did not know that the important thing is to be. Oscar Wilde

All art is immoral.... For emotion for the sake of emotion is the aim of art, and emotion for the sake of action is the aim of life, and of that practical organization of life that we call society. Oscar Wilde

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde

We are dominated by Journalism. In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs for ever and ever. Oscar Wilde

And I? May I say nothing, my Lord? Oscar Wilde

To recognize that the soul of a man is unknowable is the ultimate achievement of Wisdom. The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in a balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul? Oscar Wilde

Children have a natural antipathy to books - handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous. Oscar Wilde

If you meet at dinner a man who has spent his life in educating himself...you rise from table richer, and conscious that a high ideal has for a moment touched and sanctifed your days. But oh! to sit next a man who spent his life in trying to educate others! What a dreadful experience that is! How appalling is that ignorance which is the inevitable result of the fatal habit of imparting opinions! Oscar Wilde

The secret of life is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming. Oscar Wilde

To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development. To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's life. It is no less than a denial of the soul. Oscar Wilde

If a woman wants to hold a man, she has merely to appeal to what is worst in him. We make gods of men, and they leave us. Others make brutes of them and they fawn and are faithful. Oscar Wilde

Every prison that men build Is built with bricks of shame, And bound with bars lest Christ should see How men their brothers maim. Oscar Wilde

Talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact. Oscar Wilde

Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Oscar Wilde

Nowadays we are all of us so hard up that the only pleasant things to pay are compliments. They"re the only things we can pay. Oscar Wilde

A man who moralises is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralises is invariably plain. Oscar Wilde

I should be like a lion in a cave of savage Daniels. Oscar Wilde

Ah, every day dear Herbert becomes de plus en plus Oscarie. It is wonderful case of nature imitating art. Oscar Wilde

The worst vice of a fanatic is his sincerity. Oscar Wilde

Fashion is the method by which the fantastic becomes for a moment universal. Oscar Wilde

One can only give an unbiased opinion about things that do not interest one, which is no doubt the reason an unbiased opinion is always valueless. The man who sees both sides of a question is a man who sees absolutely nothing. Oscar Wilde

Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon. Oscar Wilde

What between the duties expected of one during one's lifetime, and the duties exacted from one after one's death, land has ceased to be either a profit or a pleasure. It gives one position, and prevents one from keeping it up. Oscar Wilde

The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence. Oscar Wilde

I hate vulgar realism in literature. The man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for. Oscar Wilde

She tried to found a salon, and only succeeded in opening a restaurant. Oscar Wilde

One can survive anything these days, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation. Oscar Wilde

And yet, and yet, These Christs that die upon the barricades, God knows it I am with them, in some ways. Oscar Wilde

Nobody of any real culture, for instance, ever talks nowadays about the beauty of sunset. Sunsets are quite old fashioned.... To admire them is a distinct sign of provincialism of temperament. Upon the other hand they go on. Oscar Wilde

No woman should have a memory. Memory in a woman is the beginning of dowdiness. One can always tell from a woman's bonnet whether she has got a memory or not. Oscar Wilde

Only love can keep anyone alive... Oscar Wilde

The study of law is sublime, and its practice vulgar. Oscar Wilde

I never change, except in my affections. Oscar Wilde

The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden. It ends with Revelations. Oscar Wilde

Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. Oscar Wilde

Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is [hu]man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion. Oscar Wilde

Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer. Oscar Wilde

An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant as the case may be. Oscar Wilde

I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex. Oscar Wilde

A simile committing suicide is always a depressing spectacle. Oscar Wilde



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